What a Los Angeles Lakers trade for Jrue Holiday could look like:
Holiday does not have a cheap contract this season but his $36.8 million salary matches up almost identically to an intriguing trade package that the Lakers can offer starting in mid-December.
This package of D’Angelo Russell, Rui Hachimura and Jalen Hood-Schifino equals $36.7 million in total salary. This package is a near-perfect fit from a money standpoint and there is a path in which both teams arrive here.
If Portland does not get any offers better than this, and right now it does not seem like better offers exist, then the team would absolutely be willing to pull the trigger on this trade in December. Holiday isn’t lasting past the 2024 trade deadline.
The Lakers could be pressured by LeBron James and Anthony Davis to go out and get another difference-maker. Holiday is an extremely valuable two-way player and would fit like a glove on this Lakers team. His contract also lines up nicely where he has a player option after this season and is then off the books once LeBron is off the books, allowing the team to fully transition in the summer of 2025.
Holiday and Davis seem to have a great relationship dating back to their days with the New Orleans Pelicans with Holiday admitting that Davis was 90% of the reason why he re-signed with the Pelicans back in 2018.